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Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology

University of Amsterdam
36 months
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2022

About this program

Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology

Culture refers to the way people learn to value, believe, behave and express themselves. Are you interested in cultures in other parts of the world? Or do you want to better understand what's happening right around the corner? Either way, the Bachelor's in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology will give you a new perspective on the world around you.

The Bachelor's in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology takes three years. Each academic year consists of two semesters of approximately 20 weeks of college each - from September till the end of January, and from February till the end of June - and includes 60 ECTS credits.

Our dual language programme in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology offers both an English-only and a Dutch/English track.

Admission requirements

Students applying for one of our Bachelor’s programmes should hold a Dutch VWO diploma, a HBO propedeuse or a foreign diploma that is equivalent to one of these diplomas. If you apply with foreign credentials, mathematics and English should be included in your final examination or attended until the last year of your secondary education. To find out what specific entry requirements apply to your prior education, please consult the diploma calculator below.

The starting level of a regular study programme at Dutch universities is comparable to that of other Western European countries, but it is generally higher than in most countries outside Western Europe.

If your prior education is not listed in the diploma calculator you can still apply. The Admissions Office will assess your documents on an individual basis. Please make sure to upload all the required documents when submitting the application form.

For more infomation about admission requirements, Please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Ethnographies and Academic Writing
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Anthropological Research Methods
  • Introduction to Development Sociology
  • Doing Anthropology

Year 2

  • Theory and History of Anthropology
  • Historical and Comparative Sociology
  • Practicing Ethnography
  • Restricted-choice electives: Specialisation Course
  • Restricted-choice electives: Regional Course

Year 3

  • Kwantitatieve methoden en technieken
  • Restricted-choice electives: Theme Course
  • Presentation and Oral Exam

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, Please visit the university website for more information.


  • Tuiton fee for EU/EEA: €2,168 per year
  • Tuition fee for Non-EU/EEA: €8,300 per year


Credits: 180 ECTS

Continuing studies

After your bachelor's degree in Anthropology, you can continue your studies with a master such as;

  • Master Cultural and Social Anthropology
  • Master Cultural and Social Anthropology, track Applied Anthropology
  • Master Cultural and Social Anthropology, track Visual Anthropology
  • Medical Anthropology and Sociology

Or a research master's degree

  • Research Master Social Sciences
  • Research Master International Development Studies

Career paths

Upon completion of the studies, you will be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology. Our graduates work as:

  • Journalist
  • Government policy adviser
  • Project leader at (inter)national organisations and NGOs
  • Consultant
  • Dountry specialist,
  • Diplomat
  • Documentary filmmaker

About this institute

University of Amsterdam

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